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Vanreusel Ann
Professor, Dr

Ann Vanreusel has focussed her research projects on extreme marine environments such as deep-sea, hydrothermal vents, cold seeps and polar seas. Her expertise is situated in the field of marine ecology and biodiversity with special attention for the meiobenthos.


Ann is currently involved in three projects: BIANZO, HAUSGARTEN and HERMES

List of publications

Peer reviewed papers

Vanreusel, A., A. De Ruyck, M. Vincx & C. Heip. (1985). A preliminary study of the nematodes in the bay of Calvi, Corsica. Proceedings "Progress in Belgian oceanographic Research" Brussels Royal Academy of Science 460 - 463

Vanreusel, A. & M. Vincx. (1986). Four new species of the genus Perepsilonema Lorenzen, 1973 (Nematoda, Epsilonematodae) from the bay of Calvi (Corsica, Mediterranean). Hydrobiologia, 134 : 151 - 169

Vanreusel, A. (1988). A study of the meiofauna communities of the Dutch Delta region in the Southern Bight of the North Sea. In: multivariate analysis of biological data, an introduction. Proceedings of a meeting held on 18 March 1988 in Meise, Belgium.Bull.Soc.Roy.Bot.Belg. 121 : 153

Vanreusel, A. & M. Vincx (1989). Free-living marine nematodes from the Southern Bight of the North Sea. III. Notes on species of the Monoposthiidae, Filipjev 1934. Cah. Biol. Mar. 30 : 69 - 83

Vincx, M. & A. Vanreusel, (1989). Free-living marine nematodes from the Southern Bight of the North Sea. II. Notes on species of the Trefusiidae, Lorenzen, 1981. Hydrobiologia 175 : 213 – 221

Vanreusel, A. & M. Vincx. (1990). Meiobenthos research in the Gulf of Biscay. Belgian Journal of Zoology. 120 : 60

Vanreusel, A. (1990). Ecology of the free-living marine nematodes from the Voordelta (Southern Bight of the North sea). I. Species composition and structure of the nematode communities. Cah. Biol. Mar. 31 : 439 - 462

Heip, C., R. Huys, M. Vincx, A. Vanreusel, N. Smol, R. Herman & P.M.J. Herman (1990). Meiofauna : distribution, composition, biomass and production. Neth. J. Sea. Res. 26 : 333 - 342

Vanreusel, A. (1991). Ecology of free-living marine nematodes in the Voordelta (Southern Bight of the North Sea). II. Habitat preferences of the dominant species. Nematologica 37 : 343 – 359

Vanreusel, A. & M. Vincx, (1991). The factors structuring the meiobenthos communities in the shelf break area in the Gulf of Biscay (N.E. Atlantic). Belgian Journal of Zoology. 121 : 49

Vanreusel, A., M. Vincx, D. Van Gansbeke & W. Gijselinck (1992). Structural Analysis of the meionbenthos communities of the shelf break area in two stations of the Gulf of biscay (N.E. Atlantic). Belgian Journal of Zoology 122 : 185 - 202

Hamerlynck, O. & A. Vanreusel, (1993). Mesacanthion diplechma (Nematoda, Thoracostomopsidae), a link to higher trophic levels ? J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 73, 453 - 456

Bett, B.J. , A. Vanreusel, M. Vincx, T. Soltwedel, O. Pfannkuche, P.J.D. Lambshead, A.J. Gooday, T. Ferrero & A. Dinet. (1994). Sampler bias in the quantitative study of deep-sea meiobenthos. Marine Ecology Progress Series.104 : 197 – 203

Vanreusel, A., M. Vincx, B.J. Bett & A.L. Rice. (1995). Nematode biomass spectra at two abyssal sites in the NE Atlantic with a contrasting food supply. Int. Rev. Gesamt. Hydrobiol. 80 : 287 - 296

Vanreusel, A., M. Vincx, D. Schram & D. Van Gansbeke (1995) On the vertical distribution of the metazoan meiofauna in the shelf break and upper slope habitats of the NE Atlantic. Int. Rev. Gesamt. Hydrobiol. 80 : 313 – 326

Vincx,M., B.J. Bett, A. Dinet, T. Ferrero, A.J. Gooday, P.J.D. Lambshead, O. Pfannkuche, T. Soltwedel & A. Vanreusel.(1995). Meiobenthos of the deep northeast Atlantic. Advances in Marine Biology 104 : 197 – 203

Auzende JM, Halbach, P, Allspach A, Becker, K., Blum, N, Bonnier, O, Van Gerven M., Halbach, M. Koschinsky, A., Lange D., Madureira, MJ, Manoutsoglou, E., Mrazek, J., Münch, U., Pratt, C., Rahders E., Vanreusel, A., Richter, S., Seifert, T., Spangenberg, T., Stenzler, J., Thiermann, F., Türkay, M., and Windoffer R.(1995) Activité tectonique et hydrothermale autour des triples junctions de 16°50’S-173°30’E et de 16°30’S-176°10E dans le basin nord fidjien (SW Pacifique): Campagne HYFYFLUX. CR Acad.Sci.Paris t.321 série II a : 239-246

Vanreusel, A. & M. Vincx (1996). The structuring rôle of food for meiobenthos : a comparison of two abyssal sites in the NE Atlantic. . Proceedings "Progress in Belgian oceanographic Research" Brussels Royal Academy of Science: 171-173.

Vanreusel, A. , I. Vandenbossche & F. Thierman (1997). Free-living marine nematodes from hydrothermal sediments : similarities with communities from diverse reduced habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 157 : 207-219

Sibuet, M., J. Galeron, P.Crassous, N. Cosson, A.Vangriesheim,A.Dinet, A. Vanreusel, D. Billet & T.Rice (1998). Spatio-temporal variability of benthic assemblages as a response to seafloor conditions at selected abyssal North East Atlantic stations. Third European Marine Science and Technology Conference , Lisbon 23 to 27 May 1998. Conference proceedings: 27 - 28

Van Averbeke, J., K. Soetaert, C. Heip & A. Vanreusel. (1998) Nematode community structure along the continental slope in the Goban Spur (NE Atlantic) Journal of Sea research 38: 93-107

Gyedu-Ababio, T.K., J.P. Furstenberg, D. Baird & A. Vanreusel (1999). Nematodes as indicators of pollution: a case study from the Swartkops River system, South Africa. Hydrobiologia 397 : 155-169

Vanreusel, A., L. Clough, K.Jacobsen, W.Ambrose, J.Jivaluk, V.Ryheul, R.Herman & M.Vincx (2000) Meiobenthos of the Central Arctic ocean with special emphasis on the nematode community structure. Deep-sea research I 147: 1855-1879

Kröncke, I., A. Vanreusel, M.Vincx, J.Wollenburg, A.Mackensen, G.Liebezeit & B.Behrends (2000) The different benthic size compartments and their relation with sediment chemistry in the deep Eurasian Arctic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series 199:31-41

Vanreusel, A. , N. Cosson-Sarradin, A.J. Gooday, G.L.J. Paterson, J. Galeron, M. Sibuet & M. Vincx. (2001). Evidence for episodic recruitment in a small opheliid polychaete species from the abyssal NE Atlantic. Progress in Oceanography.50:285-302

Galeron, J. , M. Sibuet, A. Vanreusel, K. Mackenzie, A. J. Gooday, A. Dinet & G.A. Wolff. (2001) Different temporal patterns among meiofauna and macrofauna taxa at an abyssal NE Atlantic site. Progress in Oceanography 50: 303-324

Gambi, C. Vanreusel, A en R. Danovaro (2003) Biodiversity of nematodes from deep-sea sediments of the Atacama slope and Trench (South Pacific ocean). Deep Sea Research 50: 103-117 (IF 2.954)

Vanaverbeke, J., M. Steyaert, A. Vanreusel and M. Vincx (2003) Nematode biomass spectra as descriptors of functional changes due to human and natural impact. Marine Ecology progress Series 249 : 157 – 170

Steyaert, M., Vanaverbeke, J. Vanreusel, A. , Barranguet, C., Lucas, C; and M. Vincx (2003). Ther importance of fine scale vertical profiles in characterizing nematode community structure. Estuarine and coastal shelf Science. 58: 353 - 366

Raes, M, Vanreusel A.,Decraemer, W (2003). Epsilonematidae (Nematoda) from a cold-water coral environment in the Porcupine Seabight, with a discussion on the status of the genus Metaglochinema Gourbault and Decraemer, 1986. Hydrobiologia 505: 49-72

Van Gaever.S, A. Vanreusel, A. Hughes and BJ Bett (2003) The macro- and micro scale patchiness of meiobenthos associated with the Darwin mounds (NE Atlantic). Journal Marine Biology Association UK

Remerie T., B. Bulckaen, J; Calderon, T. Deprez, J; mees, J. Vanfleteren, A. Vanreusel, A. Vierstraete, m. Vincx, K.J. Wittmann and T. Wooldridge (2004) Phylogenetic relationships within the Mysida (Crustacea, peracarida, Mysida) based on nuclear 18S ribosomal RNA sequences. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution

Muthumbi,A., Vanreusel, A., G. Duineveld, K. Soetaert and M. Vincx (2004) Nematode community structure along the continental slope off the Kenyan coast, Western Indian Ocean. Int Review Hydrobiology

Vanhove, S, Vermeeren, H and Vanreusel A. (2004) Meiofauna towards the South Sandwich Trench (750-6300m), focus on nematodes Deep-sea Research PT II 51: 1665-1688 (IF:1,162)

Vermeeren, H., S. Vanhove and A. Vanreusel (2004) Biodiversity and distribution of species within the free-living marine nematode genus Dichromadora in the Weddell Sea and adjacent areas. Deep-sea research pt II 51: 1643-1664 (IF:1,162)


Gheskiere Tom, De Smet Guy, Vanreusel Ann & Vincx Magda 'Fadenwürmer (Nematoda)' IN: Hoffrichter R. (Ed.): 'Das Mittelmeer: Fauna, Flora und Ökologie, Band II/2 Marine Fauna', Salzburg, 602-627 (in German)

Rogers A, Billet D., Berger W, Flach E, Freiwald, A, Gage J, Hebbeln D, Heip C, Pfannkuche O, Ramirez Llodra E, Medlin L, Sibuet M, Soetaert K, Tendal, Vanreusel A and M Wlodarska-kowalczuk (2003) Life at the edge: achieving predictions from environmental variability and biological variety IN: Ocean Margin Systems ed: Wefer G, Billet D, Hebbeln, D, Jorgensen B, Schluter M, Van Weering T.- Springer

Raes M. and A. Vanreusel (in press) The meiofauna associated with a cold-water coral degradation zone in the Porcupine Seabight (NE Atlantic). International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals (Special Volume).


Vanreusel Ann
Ghent University
Biology (WE11)
Krijgslaan 281 S8 - 9000 Gent
Phone: +32 9 264 85 21 - Fax: +32 9 264 85 98

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